Born: July 7, 1951 Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
2009 Grammy Nominee, Bass Player Extraordinaire Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger and inventor of the dropped D tuning for Bass Guitar...Michael Henderson, is an Exceptional Talent!
By BestComm Public Relations
How many artists can say that they've reached the zenith of success in a multitude of genres? Jazz! Funk! R&B! Soul! Drum&Bass! Fusion! Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bassist and all around entertainer MICHAEL HENDERSON has and does!!! Though we are very excited to announce that his latest BASS work on the Miles From India disc has received a Grammy Nomination, and congratulations are definitely in order, for this consummate artist, this is not the first Grammy Nomination, but his fourth! An entire generation has discovered the Funk & Soul of MICHAEL HENDERSON! His music has been re-recorded by artists such as; L L Cool J, TAMIA, RICK JAMES, NAS, SNOOP DOGGY DOGG, JAY-Z, BEYONCE, THE DRAMATICS, DANNY BOY, DR. JOHN, WAYMON TISDALE, JAGGED EDGE, TUPAC SHAKIR, KENNY LATTIMORE, MAYSA LEAK, NOEL GOURDIN, CONYA DOSS, KRS1, METHODMAN, TI, GURU, LIL KIM, NWA, THEODORE UNIT, BIGGIE SMALLS, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, MISSY ELLIOTT, GEORGE BOHANON, THE SAX PACK, STEVE 'O, MOBB DEEP, THE DAZZ BAND, SKIP ARTIN, SUGAR RAY, MC8, DJ QUICK, THE MOTOWN FUNK BROS., ADINA HOWARD, CARL THOMAS, GARY BARTZ, CHUCKII BOOKER, GURU, JEAN CARN, JERMAINE DUPRI, NORMAN CONNORS, PEABO BRYSON, TERRI ELLIS (EN-VOGUE) EMINEM.... Heavily influenced are groups and individuals such as; LIVING COLOUR, PEARL JAM, RADIO-HEAD, SONIC YOUTH, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, DAVID BYRNE, DJ SPOOKIE, JAMIE MORRISON, PAUL MILLER, Bassist JAH WOBBLE, CHUCK D, MODESKI, MARTIN & WOOD and GREG TATE writer of The VILLAGE VOICE, to name a few!!!
Having written, sang, and played bass on Phyllis Hymans' first top ten hit, We Both Need Each Other, Michael Henderson went on to record with Ms. Hyman the classic, Can't We Fall In Love Again, considered today to be one of the top ten duets of all time! His taste for singing duets only heightened with the sultry vocals of Roberta Flack on the also, Henderson penned hit, At the Concert, additional chart-toppers would include the Michael Henderson penned, Valentine Love a classic lovers' anthem featuring the sassy, jazzy vocals of Jean Carn. Let us not forget, the soulful single, Take Me, I'm Yours featuring the steaming highs of Ms. Rena Scott!
Michael Henderson first gained world wide recognition as an acclaimed young bass player with groups such as The Detroit Emeralds, The Fantastic Four, The Funk Brothers and was the FUNK anchor for Stevie Wonder, at the tender age of 16! Musicians marveled at his prowess and knowledge of his instrument. Audiences included the likes of Mick Jagger, Dr. John, Diana Ross, Betty Davis, Miles Davis and more. After one such extraordinary, truly inspiring Stevie Wonder concert, Legendary Trumpeter Miles Davis made his way backstage only to inform Stevie, I'm Takin' Yo F@&(*(%@ Bass Player! With Miles, a new style of playing was developed, “FUSION”... Bass players the world over wanted to know this person that helped alter the way music is played and listened to!!! The rest is history!
Michael Henderson went on to perform on more than 50 Miles Davis Albums! Simultaneously, while recording with Miles Davis, Henderson played bass on the following chart-toppers; You're The Man, with singer Marvin Gaye, the album/single Whatcha See is Whatcha Get! and In The Rain both by Super-Group, The Dramatics. Michael Henderson traveled the world incessantly with Miles, until he (Michael Henderson) decided to write, sing and record his first hit, Valentine Love on the Norman Connors album, Saturday Night Special featuring the smooth vocals of Michael Henderson and Jean Carn! Following this hit release was the super phenomenal, oft recorded, You Are My Starship from the Norman Connors Album of the same name, You Are My Starship. Though it is often times thought that Norman Connors is the vocalist, it is actually the vocal stylings, of Michael Henderson himself, also Bassist, Composer, Arranger and Producer of this classic! He then went on to record several albums which garnered many top ten hit singles!! Those albums are, In The Night-Time, Wide Receiver, Solid, Goin' Places, Do It All, Sling Shot, Bedtime Stories, and Fickle. As Mr. Henderson's star continued to rocket as a solo artist, as well as a session player on many chart-topping recordings, Hollywood beckoned, and Henderson found time to also contribute recordings with his signature voice to Hollywood Motion Picture Soundtracks, ie., “ABOUT LAST NIGHT” starring actors DEMI MOORE, ROB LOWE, JIM BELUSHI ELIZABETH PERKINS and the comedy, “ARMED and DANGEROUS” starring the comedic talents of actors' JOHN CANDY and MEG RYAN!
Recipient of the prestigious “Jazz At Drew Award” given by the highly esteemed Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, LEGACY MUSIC SERIES Henderson has been inducted as “Jazz At Drew Ambassador of Music”! Having garnered success in many musical genres', (literally changing the direction of Jazz with Miles Davis) Henderson proudly serves on The Ellington Advisory Council for The Duke Ellington School of The Arts, Washington DC., This gifted Singer, Songwriter, Bassist,and Producer has also been awarded The Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly, The Certificate of Recognition State of California Senate, Recognition of Accomplishments and Achievements by The Honorable Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Acknowledgment of Musical Excellence by The Board of Supervisors of The County of Los Angeles, Yvonne B. Burke, Certificate of Special Recognition by The United States House of Representatives, Certificate of Appreciation by The Honorable Mayor of Austin Texas, Will Wynn and that's just two (2) states!
Michael Henderson is the proud recipient of countless Awards, Gold & Platinum Record Plaques, Certifications, Keys to many cities, since his early days of playing Bass Guitar! Currently, Michael Henderson's artistry can be heard on the newly released MARVIN GAYE WHAT'S GOING ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY 2 CD/LP SUPER DELUXE EDITION, in which MICHAEL HENDERSON plays bass guitar, and is co-author on many of the compositions! Busy recording his newest effort, Michael Henderson states that “fans can look forward to a new release soon”! Stay Posted!
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